Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Democrats Release Senate Testimony By Fusion GPS Founder

Democrats Release Senate Testimony By Fusion GPS Founder

The two senators want the transcript of the committee's interview with Glenn Simpson, a founder of Fusion GPS, released. Simpson's firm commissioned the dossier, which was initially paid for by a conservative website and later by Democrats.

Ms. Feinstein moved to do so without the committee's Republican chairman, Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, nearly certainly escalating partisan tensions on the committee.

In a 312-page transcript of Simpson's August 2017 interview with the Senate Judiciary Committee, Simpson's attorney also said it was risky to discuss the dossier's sources because its public release past year had already led to murder. Russian Federation has denied allegations of election meddling and Trump denies any collusion by his campaign with Moscow.

Trump has derided the dossier as a politically motivated hit job. Simpson would not name the source. When they re-interviewed him in early October, agents made it clear, according to Simpson's testimony released Tuesday, that they believed some of what Steele had told them. He said the FBI contact told Steele that there was renewed interest in his research because the bureau had corroborated some of the material. He also offered to have Simpson testify publicly.

The New York Times reported last month that Papadopoulos told the diplomat that Russian Federation had thousands of emails that would embarrass Clinton and that the Australians' subsequent tip to the FBI about the conversation helped persuade the bureau to investigate potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

"Chris said he was very concerned about whether this represented a national security threat and said he wanted to - he said he thought we were obligated to tell someone in government, in our government about this information", Simpson said. Neither committee had intentions of releasing the transcripts from its interview with Mr. Simpson.

Senate judiciary committee chairman Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham said they had passed a classified memorandum to the DoJ relating to communications between Mr Steele and "multiple U.S. news outlets".

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"The American people deserve the opportunity to see what he said and judge for themselves", she said.

Democrats says those investigations are a distraction.

"The only way to set the record straight is to make the transcript public", she said.

Fusion GPS, the Paul Singer-linked opposition research group behind the infamous phony Trump dossier, made payments to media companies as well as individual journalists, according to federal court documents. "Feinstein for her courage".

Republicans have sought to attack the credibility of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling in part by raising concerns about the Steele dossier.

The demand comes one week after Grassley and Sen.

Democrats on the committee said they were not consulted ahead of the Republicans' referral to the Department of Justice. Democrats criticized the move, saying they were targeting someone who had reported wrongdoing, not committed it.

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